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Thursday, August 4, 2016

{Book Review} The Body Reader by Anne Frasier

The Body Reader
by Anne Frasier
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Release: June 21st 2016 by
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Thriller
How I got it: Received a free copy from NetGalley

For three years, Detective Jude Fontaine was kept from the outside world. Held in an underground cell, her only contact was with her sadistic captor, and reading his face was her entire existence. Learning his every line, every movement, and every flicker of thought is what kept her alive.

After her experience with isolation and torture, she is left with a fierce desire for justice—and a heightened ability to interpret the body language of both the living and the dead. Despite colleagues’ doubts about her mental state, she resumes her role at Homicide. Her new partner, Detective Uriah Ashby, doesn’t trust her sanity, and he has a story of his own he’d rather keep hidden. But a killer is on the loose, murdering young women, so the detectives have no choice: they must work together to catch the madman before he strikes again. And no one knows madmen like Jude Fontaine.

Review: I found this to be a very unique take on a thriller. The book starts off with Jude a victim of abduction and captive in a cellar, by a psycho. This has left her with the ability to interpret body language with uncanny accuracy.  Against the doubts of her colleagues, she returns to work. Her new partner Detective Uriah Ashby has his hands full, dealing with his own alcoholic tendencies and paranoia about Jude's mental state.
I was engrossed in this book from page 1 and loved it right to the end. All the twist and turns, in the plot kept me on the edge of my seat. The plot was engaging, the characters real and interesting. I enjoyed every moment, cheering Jude and biting my nails during those tense moments.
Ms Frasier writes one dang good read.  She moves between several POVs but never confuses or head hops, keeping you on your toes. Overall this book was wonderfully done.

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